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Speech Therapy for
Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. The cause remains largely unknown. Individuals with Parkinson’s disease often have difficulty producing a strong and clear voice. Symptoms generally develop slowly over the years. The progression of symptoms is often a bit different from one person to another due to the diversity of the disease. Speech therapy can help you or your loved one regain the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

A Speech & Language Evaluation is recommended if you or your loved one are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

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Our SLPs are certified in two programs specific to improving and maintaining speech skills for those with Parkinson’s disease:

Speak OUT!® Therapy Program

The SPEAK OUT!® Therapy Program, developed by Parkinson Voice Project, helps people with Parkinson’s regain and retain their speech and swallowing. The program combines education for the patient and family, individual speech therapy, daily home practice using workbooks, flashcards, and online practice sessions, weekly speech groups, and regular re-evaluations.

DURATION: 12 treatment sessions with ongoing group therapy for maintenance



Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) Loud trains people with Parkinson’s to use their voice at a more normal loudness level while speaking at home, work, or in the community. Key to the treatment is helping people “recalibrate” their perceptions so they know how loud or soft they sound to other people and become comfortable using a stronger voice at a normal loudness level.

DURATION: 4 weeks, 4 sessions each week plus daily homework and carryover exercises.